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Beihai Park

Created more than a thousand years ago as an imperial garden, this huge green space wrapped around a lake is an oasis in Beijing’s bustling city center.

Beihai Park is Beijing’s tranquil inner-city oasis with shady trees, ever-changing flower exhibits and sacred buildings. This is one of the finest, and largest, examples of inner-city Chinese imperial gardens. Beihai mimics varying landscapes from different regions of China, so a visit here will give you a sense of the country’s diverse scenery in just a few hours.

Beihai Park was first built during the Liao Dynasty in the 10th century. Subsequent emperors have added to it. Most of the surviving buildings were erected under the reign of Qianlong Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, which ended just over 100 years ago.

Explore the meticulously maintained grounds of this historical royal park. Walk or cycle around the botanical gardens, enter centuries-old temples and pavilions, and watch locals as they exercise or play. They often also sing and dance for the gathering crowds. In winter, the ice-skating rink is fun for children.

Beihai is Mandarin for “North Sea” and more than half of the park is a lake. Rent a boat from one of the park’s piers to circle the man-made islets. On Jade Flowery Islet, admire the park’s famous landmark: A 1651 Tibetan shrine known as the White Dagoba. Cross the Doushan Bridge to the eastern shore and admire the Painted Boat Studio and the idyllic Hao Pu Creek Garden.

Don’t miss the eye-catching Nine-Dragon Wall on the northern shore of the lake. In the park’s southwestern corner, visit the Circular City with its large stone walls, towers, pavilions and Buddha statue.

Beihai Park is located in the Xicheng District, just northwest of the Forbidden City. The public park, which has on-site restaurants, is open daily. The park is open longer after dark in spring and summer. There is a small admission fee.

Get to the park on foot, or by bike or public transport. You can hire an English-speaking tour guide to take you there. Just outside the northern gate is a bike rental outlet.


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Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing

Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing

97 Jinbao St Dongcheng Distrt, Beijing
4.5
of 5, from 1,991 reviews
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Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing Hotel is a modern oasis, ideal for both leisure and business guests. Centrally located in the heart of Beijing's bustling and developing cultural, commercial, business and entertainment district, the hotel is within walking distance of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

$74
Hotel Kapok - Forbidden City

Hotel Kapok - Forbidden City

16 Donghuamen Street, Beijing
4.2
of 5, from 1,135 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

In the heart of Beijing, this contemporary boutique hotel is about an 8-minute walk from the east side of the Forbidden City, as well as the Wangfujing shopping hub. A metro station is 300 meters away.

$134
Hotel Jen Beijing by Shangri-La

Hotel Jen Beijing by Shangri-La

No. 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing
4.4
of 5, from 20 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Beijing, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lotus Market, Bell and Drum Towers, and Houhai Park. Beihai Park and Wangfujing Street are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$76
Prime Hotel Beijing Wangfujing

Prime Hotel Beijing Wangfujing

No.2 Wangfujing Main Street, Beijing
4.1
of 5, from 1,155 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Beijing, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jingshan Park and Forbidden City. Beihai Park and Tiananmen are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$159
Legendale Hotel Beijing

Legendale Hotel Beijing

90-92 Jinbao Street, Beijing
4.6
of 5, from 398 reviews
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Located in Dongdan, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Peking Union Medical College, Tiananmen Square, and Wangfujing Street. Forbidden City and Tiananmen are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$44
King Parkview Hotel

King Parkview Hotel

No.55 Shatan Hou Street, Beijing
3.4
of 5, from 295 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Beijing, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jingshan Park and Beihai Park. Forbidden City and Wangfujing Street are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Beijing Hebei Yingbin Hotel

Beijing Hebei Yingbin Hotel

Anmennei Steet, Dongcheng District, Beijing
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Beijing, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bronze Elephants, Forbidden City, and Beihai Park. Tiananmen Square and Wangfujing Street are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Beijing Ya'ao International Hotel

Beijing Ya'ao International Hotel

No.1 Datun Road Beishatan, Beijing
3.8
of 5, from 5 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Beijing, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lotus Market and Beihai Park. Forbidden City and Bell and Drum Towers are also within 1 mi (2 km).